What does it mean to love your inner child? Many of us have simply forgotten how good it feels to let go of all of our cares and concerns. The inner child within us all remembers much and loves to be delighted. Learning how to acknowledge your inner child can help you embrace the playful, sweet, innocent side of yourself. Your inner child holds onto so much, even those things you choose not to remember out of pain or purpose. Acknowledging and remembering your own inner child can bring you much happiness and joy as you learn how to laugh and dance and sing and play again. As you reach deep down within yourself and experience all the joy and the wonder and the magic, you will set your spirit free on an amazing journey back in time.
We all crave that wonderful warmth and affection no matter how self-assured or grown up we are because in many ways we are still that frightened little child on the inside who craves love and acceptance. Sometimes when you think back to your childhood, you recall times or things that you regret or things you thought were your fault. Revisiting the past can help you release the hurt and the pain and the guilt so that you can remember the love and freedom and the happiness.
Working to release your inner child can help you heal the wounds of the past and help you accept every small part of yourself, good or bad. Holding on to things like anger and pain and resentment is counterproductive and learning how to communicate with your inner child can help you begin to feel whole again as you begin to understand and put things back into context. Sometimes just taking the time to tell yourself that you did the best you knew how is enough to help you gain valuable understanding.
Love is the ultimate healer and love can help you shed light on all of the dark corners and painful recesses of your mind. No matter how painful your childhood was, loving your inner child can help you heal by helping you make new choices and think new thoughts, changing your perception. Learning to forgiven and accept who you are can open new pathways into your life. Connecting with that small innocent part of yourself that still feels guilty can be life changing. It’s OK to forgive yourself because sometimes we hold onto things that often weigh us down. Taking a moment to connect with your inner child can help you both understand and acknowledge those painful emotions.
Take a moment now to take a deep breath and slowly exhale. Now take another deep breathe in… and exhale and let go of any tension you may feel regarding this work and begin to allow your imagination to just take over. Let yourself just drift and dream and float. As you dream, you begin to recall how much of yourself you have buried deep within. Think about your life right now. What is causing you stress or concern? What gets in the way of having time to unwind and enjoy life? Acknowledge these thoughts, but do not dwell on them right now.
Now reach within your mind and recall a childhood memory. See yourself as a child and select a memory that helps you in some way. Acknowledge yourself and feel the love and the pain and the joy. Tell yourself that everything is fine and there is no reason to worry anymore. Notice any times when your emotional needs were not met. How did you change? Notice when you stopped doing your favorite fun things because you felt you were too old. Move through the years and simply observe. When did you begin suppressing your own needs? Remember those times where you took delight in simple things. Just acknowledge anything that comes up as you observe. Breathe and continue to examine anything of importance and acknowledge its worth. All of your experiences, whether good or bad, make you the person you are today, so they are all valid and all useful, even if they are painful to recall.
Feel the pure innocent joy that was found in simple things and feel the ecstatic comfort of being nurtured and loved.
We come into this world full of hope and expectation. Take those feelings back with you and nurture them. Just breathe in and enjoy the peace and quiet and the love.
Know that your inner child is always with you somehow someway. Most of all, remember to acknowledge and love yourself for exactly who you are each and every day.